The CRIG is promoting interoperability of repositories with other services during a roadshow in the summer of 2008. It will be doing this by setting up a “Developer Lounge” where people will be encouraged to stop by and pitch their innovative technology ideas. The primary motive of this Roadshow is to interface repositories with other *non-repository* services for the purpose of finding out how repositories can better integrate in the current scholarly landscape.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Thanks to Ben and Dave you truly earned their $5000 prize over and over again (I'll be buying them beers in thanks for years to come). I think you can tell from this summary how much work was done and how this trip really changed our perspective on the way we operate within our small world of Academia. There is a larger domain out there and it is called the web!
Also thanks to Tim who really needs to move to the UK as he is a top bloke!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I've had a couple people ask me 'what is a developer lounge', other than my explanation here I thought I would post a sample of the kind of discussion that occures throughout the day. As an event at the conference it is nothing else other than a room where developers will come to sit down and do what they do on a day to day basis (email, surf, code, etc); the only difference is that every now and again they break out into spontaneous discussion.
The key really, is having a place where the developer can feel free to talk tech: a space for active discussion (not presentation). The average lounge experiences ebbs and tides of developers coming in and out and discussing everything from their local systems to the latest geek toy.
It is these kinds of open events that allow developers to not only learn what others dveloper are doing, but to also ask questions that they would never ask in front of their peers if it was a presentation that was being given.
On the whole it is a far better method of information dissimination for the engineering community. Furthermore, as more and more of the conference proceedings are recorded, streamed, blogged, posted, etc; it almost makes going to the event redundant because you can wait for people to tell you which presentation were good and then you can go back and watch them after the conference. Meanwhile you can be networking and having syncronous conversation with your peers, whcih is surely what conference were originally about in the first place.
The EduWeb Awards had the University of Chicago as the winning web site (CMS). It was aclaimed for its minamalistic design, but we thought it could even take it a step further by utilising the Google minamalist search approach.
We also thought it might be worth looking into Google SiteMaps to provide a common way of presenting University web sites to the user which could be optimised via the kinds of searches that took place on the local search engine.
Point being that better search facilities (analytics) should be put into the institutional search engine so as to guaratee that the user is getting back what they want.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
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Students use URL's as currency, they pass them around accordingly...
Four rules of the web:
1.) every object should have a URI
2.) those identifiers should be URIs
3.) when you do a get you should provide info on URI
4.) you should apply links to other URIs from this URI
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I often get asked what the CRIG logo means, well one among many meanings is that we have to go to the web, and going to the web means using ubiquitous web standards (not the so "called" standard body approved ones, but the bleeding obvious ones!); the kind you find on the first search page of Google.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008
We (Ben, Dave and myself, soon to be joined by Tim) have made it to Vegas for #crigshow (CRIG Roadshow); where we hope to be entertaining you all (and maybe learning a thing or two about interfacing repositories with other systems). I've devided to bring along the little videoblog cam to annoy Ben, Dave and Tim with as we go. Hopefully some moments of brilliance, but most likely moments of silliness (due to lack of sleep and jetlag), as is the first post after being awake for +17 hours plus.
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